Old MacDonald

100 Greatest History:
New to list in 2013.
Highest ranking:
Present ranking

Bandon, Ore. / Tom Doak & Jim Urbina (2010)
6,978 yards, Par 71 | Points: 62.6150
Old Mike Keiser had a course. Name of Bandon Dunes. Hugged the cliffs of Oregon gorse. It made golfers swoon. So he added one more, then a third next door. Here a lodge, there a hut, even built a pitch & putt. Now it's America's top resort. Name of Bandon Dunes. But Old Mike Keiser wanted more. Down at Bandon Dunes. An ode to an architect he adored. Cut from heather and broom. So Old Macdonald came to be. In spite of a bad economy. Here it's big, there it's bold, everywhere it looks real old. Old Macdonald is part of the lore. Now at Bandon Dunes. Old Macdonald is a new must-play. When at Bandon Dunes. A fourth 18 reviving his name. Carrying all his tunes. A Road Hole here, a Cape Hole there. Bottle Hole, Biarritz, ocean winds that'll give you fits. Short and Eden. Fit the scenes. Especially with enormous greens. Old Macdonald is no reach. Second Most Fun Course behind Pebble Beach.
Butler National G.C.

100 Greatest History:
Ranked for 40 years.
Highest ranking:
No. 21, 2007-2008

Oak Brook, Ill. / George Fazio & Tom Fazio (1974)
7,523 yards, Par 71 | Points: 62.5566
Butler National was former tour player George Fazio's ideal of a championship course, with 10 carries over water in 18 holes. Even before it opened, it was signed to serve as permanent site of the Western Open. Problem was, when it opened, it was the last cool-weather venue on the PGA Tour to utilize bluegrass rather than bent-grass for its fairway, and several prominent golfers declined to play Butler National because of potential flyer-lies from those fairways. Eventually the turf was converted, but then the Shoal Creek scandal occurred, and rather than change its restricted men-only policy, the club relinquished its role of Western Open host after the 1990 event. So why include a club on America's 100 Greatest that won't allow female panelists a chance to evaluate it? Because we rank golf courses, not club policies.
Kinloch G.C.

100 Greatest History:
Ranked for 10 years.
Highest ranking:
No. 29, 2007-2008.
Best New Private
Courses of 2001

Manakin-Sabot, Va. / Lester George & Vinny Giles (2011)
7,203 yards, Par 72 | Points: 62.5452
Since the only way to successfully establish bent-grass tees, fairways and greens in hot, humid Richmond was to create expansive corridors to allow plenty of sunlight and air to the turf, Kinloch Golf Club has more double fairways (even a triple-wide one on the ninth) posing options and alternate routes than any other course on the 100 Greatest save National Golf Links. But there's a new issue now in Kinloch's second decade. Given golf's ever-increasing emphasis on water conservation, is a course with 2,000 irrigation heads (instead of the usual 600) realistic?
Scioto C.C.

100 Greatest History:
Ranked for all 49 years.
Highest ranking:
No. 22, 1987-1988

Columbus, Ohio / Donald Ross (1916)>
7,140 yards, Par 70 | Points: 62.5422
When Michael Hurdzan was hired in 2005 to rebuild Scioto's greens to re-establish much of their Donald Ross character, Jack Nicklaus volunteered to assist, since he'd learned the game at Scioto and still remembered the putting surfaces he'd played as a boy. Together they recaptured Scioto's charm, although one green they did not return to a Ross original is the eighth. That green was relocated in 1957 by landscape architect Marion Packard, who created a new island green for the hole.
Milwaukee C.C.

100 Greatest History:
Ranked for 29 years.
Highest ranking:
No. 40, 2003-2004

River Hills, Wis. / H.S. Colt & C.H. Alison (1929)
7,094 yards, Par 72 | Points: 62.4723
With much of the course hard against the Milwaukee River and several holes subject to flooding (the green of the 12th and the entire 13th are actually across the river), one might think Milwaukee Country Club is a flat layout. But many of its holes are surprisingly hilly. Its classic design is still tree-lined, but one of the crucial improvements recently made by consulting architect Tom Doak and his associate Don Placek was removing some trees to open up views of the river from many upland holes.
Inverness Club

100 Greatest History:
Ranked for all 49 years.
Highest ranking:
No. 17, 2001-2002

Toledo, Ohio / Donald Ross (1919)
7,255 yards, Par 71 | Points: 62.4579
Inverness is considered a classic Donald Ross design even though it was one of many he merely remodeled. Ross fans were outraged when the course was radically altered by George and Tom Fazio in preparation for the 1979 U.S. Open. They eliminated four holes (including the famous dogleg par-4 seventh), combined two holes to make the par-5 eighth and created two modern holes on newly-acquired land. The Inverness course that Ray and Vardon played in 1920 is not the same course that hosted the 2011 U.S. Senior Open.
Garden City G.C.

100 Greatest History:
Ranked for 35 years.
Highest ranking:
No. 25, 1997-1998

Garden City, N.Y. / Devereux Emmet (1899)
6,911 yards, Par 73 | Points: 62.3816
Minimalist in its design (you can still see the faint traces of old roadbeds over which the course was routed) and natural in its upkeep, Garden City Golf Club is one of the great early tournament venues in the U.S. Before the 1908 U.S. Amateur, Walter Travis remodeled the course into what it is today, its strategies dictated by many deep pot bunkers. Travis installed them to promote "thinking golf," but one player soon dubbed Garden City the home of the "God-fearing approach shot."
Interlachen C.C.

100 Greatest History:
Ranked for 46 years.
Highest ranking:
No. 36 2003-2004

Edina, Minn. / Willie Watson (1911)
6,967 yards, Par 72 | Points: 62.3310
When Bobby Jones won the 1930 U.S. Open at Interlachen (completing the second leg of what would become the game's first Grand Slam), fellow competitor Gene Sarazen insisted the course was tougher than everything but Oakmont. These days, the hilly, tree-lined design with small greens and plenty of bunkers has been the showcase of women's professional golf, hosting the 2002 Solheim Cup, won by the American team, and the 2008 U.S. Women's Open, won by Inbee Park.
Arcadia Bluffs G.C.

100 Greatest History:
Ranked for 10 years.
Highest ranking:
No. 46, 2007-2008

Arcadia, Mich. / Rick Smith & Warren Henderson (2000)
7,300 yards, Par 72 | Points: 62.2723
Can a 100 Greatest course be a sleeper? Arcadia Bluffs has been overshadowed by Pacific Dunes, ever since it finished second to it in the Best New Upscale Public Course race of 2001; and by Crystal Downs, a neighbor every northern Michigan visitor wants to play, even though it's private and Arcadia is public; and even by Whistling Straits, the imitation links on the opposite side of Lake Michigan that Arcadia Bluffs resembles, although the sand dunes at Arcadia are natural, not manmade.
The G.C. at Black Rock

100 Greatest History:
Ranked for 6 years.
Highest ranking:
No. 27, 2009-2010

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho / Jim Engh (2003)
7,130 yards, Par 72 | Points: 62.2337
Jim Engh's architecture is all about turning fantasies into realities, and Black Rock delivers on that goal like few others, with some bobsled-run fairways where one can putt from landing area downhill to the green, rollicking putting surfaces framed by squiggly bunkers and a par-4 11th pinched by towering rock formations that bring to mind a pinball machine. Unusual and controversial (it won Best New Private in 2003 ahead of Dallas National and Friar's Head), Black Rock is a thrilling round of golf.
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